Sunday, March 7, 2021

Former Md. teacher indicted in a 2nd county

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A former high school teacher in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, was convicted last week of sexually abusing a student, the Baltimore Sun reports.


Nathan Martin (Anne Arundel police photo / HANDOUT / Baltimore Sun)

Now Nathan Lee Martin, 39, of Severna Park, stands accused of abusing a different student 13 years ago at a Baltimore County high school. The woman, now 29, filed charges against him after she had seen coverage of him being charged in Anne Arundel County in connection with the sex abuse of a minor while he was teaching at Arundel High.

She was 16 at the time of the alleged abuse—and filed no police report about it at the time—but says it happened while she was a student at Catonsville High School and Mr Martin, though he wasn’t her teacher, was supervising scrimmages for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.

She told police Mr Martin began touching her inappropriately as they were walking down a flight of stairs after retrieving something from his classroom.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Anne Arundel County on September 12 and go on trial in Baltimore County a month later.

A spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Public Schools told the Sun that the system ran a standard background check on Mr Martin, who was placed on administrative leave once in Baltimore County, before hiring him.

“A personnel action of one school system is not a public (record),” the paper quoted Bob Mosier, an Anne Arundel County schools spokesman, as saying. “A school system’s standards and thresholds for administrative leave—that varies from school system to school system. It’s not something that necessarily would have been found by any school system.”

Paul Katulahttps://news.schoolsdo.org
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